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Iran's IRGC attacks Iraq's Kurdistan region, warns of 'red line'

Iran's IRGC attacks Iraq's Kurdistan region
Iran has launched a devastating attack on Iraq as tensions between Tehran and Washington reach a crisis point, according to Express.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced on Friday that they had conducted attacks against anti-Iran insurgents operating in Kurdistan on the Iraqi border. Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warning that its weapons could strike anywhere, Iran’s elite troops have hit back by announcing that they would defend the country’s border. In a statement released by Tasnim News Agency, the IRGC announced that it would defend Iran’s national security at all costs.

The statement read: “As asserted several times, national security and preserving the Iranian nation's calm and peace of mind, particularly for the dear and gallant people of the border provinces, is the red line of the country's Armed Forces, particularly the Revolutionary Guard Corps Ground Force.”

After the attack on the Kurdistan region, the mayor of the northeastern Erbil village of Choman, Ahmed Qadir, denounced the attack, calling on Iran to “stop the shelling as soon as possible.”

Iran’s attack on its neighbor comes following a series of events in the region which have threatened to spark conflict.

Last week, Iranian ships attempted to seize a British tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

The ship was ordered to change course before the alleged Revolutionary Guard ships tried to seize the tanker.

The British naval ship HMS Montrose had been escorting the ship through the region and ordered the Iranian ship to stand own.

One of the officials said: "The Royal Navy HMS Montrose, which was also there, pointed its guns at the boats and warned them over radio, at which point they dispersed."

Another official said: "It was harassment and an attempt to interfere with the passage."
Last Modified: Tuesday، 16 July 2019 05:25 PM